Carven F/W 2015

La Parisienne seen by the new Carven design duo

In the relatively brief period since joining Carven back in 2009 Guillaume Henry has turned a much admired but largely forgotten fashion label into an absolutely must see collection, a brand that manages to combine a certain idea of French chic with a breezy sense of color and a pretty uncanny understanding of volume and the female form.

It remains, however, a long-noted irony that while Paris is the un-questioned global capital of fashion it’s extremely hard to find a French designer in charge at any historic fashion maison. For example, at the eight Paris-based houses owned by the two luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering: Givenchy, Celine, Christine Dior, John Galliano and Louis Vuitton, or Kenzo, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, only one of them boasts a French designer, Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent Paris.

So following Henry are two new French kids named Adrien Caillaudaud and Alexis Martial. Wow, owner Henri Sebaoun really knows what he is doing, the two were certainly more under the radar names. Partners in life, Alexis was busy in Italy working for Iceberg until last week and Adrien prepared the Carven launch.

And it was a success from the first look. When Henry veered a bit too much into couture territory in recent seasons, the duo made this show about easy sportswear. Nearly every look featured super skinny, high-waisted pants and jeans reminding the audience that la Parisienne is known for her good legs. All the cast looked super French and fresh and the colors had punch with strong reds and blues. This is the way fashion is suppossed to be : creating instant desire clothes !